My collaborators and I take field-driven approaches to study the geo-history of world’s most important mountain systems, using methods in structural geology, sedimentology, basin analysis, geochronology and thermochronology. Our shared passion leads us to focus on the present largest mountain systems (the Himalaya and Andes), small but type ones (Southern Alps in New Zealand and Central Mountain Range in Taiwan), and outstanding ones in deep time (the Terra-Australis system formed some hundreds of million years ago). We are also very curious about how these mountain systems may have impacted Earth’s climate and resource.

When I am not in the field, I use multiple laboratory methods in geochronology and thermochronology to place time and temperature constraints on geological events. I was trained as a low-temperature thermochronologist and I keep working with the Potsdam thermochronology group [link]. I also start making frequent trips to the Wellington thermochronology lab [link]. At UQ, I mainly use the laser ablation ICP-MS [link] to study geochronology of various minerals.

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